Book Launch ’50 Surinaamse Kunstschatten’, by Bart Krieger

August 30, 2015 at 12:02 pm (Coming up, Interesting reads) (, , )

What: Book Presentation 50 Surinaamse Kunstschatten [50 Surinamese art treasures] (on Facebook). Book by Bart Krieger, with fifty articles about Surinamese art works, previously published in Parbode Magazine. With art by Danasion Akobe, Anand Binda, Stanley Brouwn, Nardo Brudet, Ruben Cabenda, Annemarie Daniel, Ken Doorson, Tumpi Flow, Wim Eriks, Kenneth Flijders, Ron Flu, Nola Hatterman, Soeki Irodikromo, Sri Irodikromo, Vincent Jong Tjien Fa, Remy Jungerman, Patricia Kaersenhout, Ruben Karsters, Iris Kensmil, Kingbotho, Joseph Klas, Rinaldo Klas, Charl Landvreugd, Noni Lichtveld, Gerard van Lom, Jikke van Loon, Johannes Petrus Maas, Delano Mac Andrew, Maria Sibylla Merian, Kurt Nahar, Willem van der Poll, Nicolaas Porter, Ravi Rajcoomar, Dhiradj Ramsamoedj, Henri Renfurm, Stuart Robles de Medina, Cliff San A Jong, Gerrit Schouten, George Struikelblok, Mitchel Stuart, Roberto Tjon a Meeuw, Els Tjong Joe Wai, René Tosari, Wilgo Vijfhoven, Erwin de Vries, Josiah Wedgewood, Maria Jaquie Wessels and Paul Woei.

When: September 5, 2015, 15:00 hrs

15:30 Interview Bart Krieger by Noraly Beyer
15:40 Panel discussion about visibility Surinamese art, with a.o. Priscilla Tosari and Sasha Dees
16:00 First book presented to Annet Zondervan (CBK Zuidoost)
16:05-17:55 Signing by author (author present from 13:00 hrs).

Where: Garden CBK Zuidoost (on Facebook), Anton de Komplein 120, Amsterdam Zuidoost, the Netherlands

'50 Surinaamse Kunstschatten' by Bart Krieger / PHOTO Courtesy Bart Krieger

’50 Surinaamse Kunstschatten’ by Bart Krieger / PHOTO Courtesy Bart Krieger

'50 Surinaamse Kunstschatten' by Bart Krieger / PHOTO Lard Buurman

’50 Surinaamse Kunstschatten’ by Bart Krieger / PHOTO Lard Buurman

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The book is available for SRD 65 in Suriname at the following points:

Choi Noord, Tweekinderenweg 99, Paramaribo

Choi Zuid, Johannes Mungrastraat 17, Paramaribo

Faranaz, Hermitage Mall, Lalla Rookhweg, Paramaribo

Parbode, Wichersstraat 10a, Paramaribo

Readytex Art Gallery, Steenbakkerijstraat 30, Paramaribo

Vaco (on Facebook), Domineestraat, Paramaribo

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The book is available for EURO 30 in the Netherlands at the following points:

Athenaeum, Spui 14-16, Amsterdam

Boekhandel van Pampus, KNSM-laan 303, Amsterdam-Zeeburg

CBK Zuidoost (on Facebook), Anton de Komplein 120, Amsterdam Zuidoost

Eldorado Boekencollectief

Pölki, Reigersbos 60, Amsterdam

Premsela, Van Baerlestraat 78, Amsterdam

Rijksshop, Rijksmuseum, MUseumstraat 1, Amsterdam

Scheltema, Rokin 9, Amsterdam

Preview from '50 Surinaamse Kunstschatten' by Bart Krieger / PHOTO Courtesy Bart Krieger

Preview from ’50 Surinaamse Kunstschatten’ by Bart Krieger / PHOTO Courtesy Bart Krieger

Preview from '50 Surinaamse Kunstschatten' by Bart Krieger / PHOTO Courtesy Bart Krieger

Preview from ’50 Surinaamse Kunstschatten’ by Bart Krieger / PHOTO Courtesy Bart Krieger

Preview from '50 Surinaamse Kunstschatten' by Bart Krieger / PHOTO Courtesy Bart Krieger

Preview from ’50 Surinaamse Kunstschatten’ by Bart Krieger / PHOTO Courtesy Bart Krieger

Preview from '50 Surinaamse Kunstschatten' by Bart Krieger / PHOTO Courtesy Bart Krieger

Preview from ’50 Surinaamse Kunstschatten’ by Bart Krieger / PHOTO Courtesy Bart Krieger

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An Eye for Art: Reinier Asmoredjo – ‘Mi gudu’

August 26, 2015 at 11:39 am (An Eye for Art) (, , , , )

In collaboration with art critic Rob PerréeReadytex Art Gallery has developed an informative initiative: An Eye for Art. Once every two weeks Rob Perrée discusses a work of art from the collection of Readytex Art Gallery. This week he talks about ‘Mi gudu’, acrylics on canvas, 33 cm wide x 32,6 cm high, from Reinier Asmoredjo.

Reinier Asmoredjo, ‘Mi gudu’, acrylic on canvas, 33 cm wide x 32.6 cm high, 2014 – USD 300 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Reinier Asmoredjo, ‘Mi gudu’, acrylic on canvas, 33 cm wide x 32.6 cm high, 2014 – USD 300 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Reinier Asmoredjo (Paramaribo, 1962) is an artist from the category ‘optimistic’. He deliberately ignores life’s problems. He wants to provide a counterbalance. He celebrates life, freedom, energy and, not in the least, women. He often does that symbolically. One of his most notable symbols is the circle. It represents the sun, but also the cycle of life. In many instances the round shape is associated with the round shapes of women. By painting the circle as though in movement, he once again underlines the positive connotation.

His rich color palette is striking. With it, Asmoredjo says that he wants to illustrate the cultural diversity of his homeland Suriname. Another possibility is that his theme does not tolerate any dark colors.

Reinier Asmoredjo may choose his colors lavishly, but in the actual use of paint he is more frugal. He applies his paint thinly, almost streak-free. Occasionally the canvas shines through. He probably does that to prevent his subject from disappearing behind a too prominent, and hence obviously present appearance. Composition, form, they may be important to him, but he most especially wants to tell his story. That doesn’t tolerate too much distraction.

‘The artist’s women’ are often depicted against a vibrant background or in a lively environment. In this work the emphasis is more on that one special woman. He lets intimacy in by limiting ‘noise’, by granting his ‘subject’ space. In that regard, the title of this work – ‘Mi gudu’ (My darling) – is rather self-explanatory.

TEXT Rob Perrée, Paramaribo, August 2015.

TRANSLATION Cassandra Gummels-Relyveld, 2015

Want to see this and other work of Reinier Asmoredjo ‘up close and personal’? That’s possible at Readytex Art Gallery, Steenbakkerijstraat 30, Paramaribo. www.readytexartgallery.comFor more information about Reinier Asmoredjo please visit the website http://readytexartgallery.com/reinierasmoredjo.

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More work by Reinier Asmoredjo available in Readytex Art Gallery:

Reinier Asmoredjo, ‘Angisa’, acrylic on canvas, 33 cm wide x 32.7 cm high, 2014 – USD 300 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Reinier Asmoredjo, ‘Angisa’, acrylic on canvas, 33 cm wide x 32.7 cm high, 2014 – USD 300 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Reinier Asmoredjo, ‘Markusa uma’, acrylic on canvas, 47 cm wide x 59 cm high, 2014 – USD 400 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Reinier Asmoredjo, ‘Markusa uma’, acrylic on canvas, 47 cm wide x 59 cm high, 2014 – USD 400 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Reinier Asmoredjo, 'Inspiration’, acrylic on canvas, 70 cm wide x 103 cm high, 2011 - USD 700 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Reinier Asmoredjo, ‘Inspiration’, acrylic on canvas, 70 cm wide x 103 cm high, 2011 – USD 700 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Reinier Asmoredjo, 'Girls’, acrylic on canvas, 70 cm wide x 103 cm high, 2011 - USD 700 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Reinier Asmoredjo, ‘Girls’, acrylic on canvas, 70 cm wide x 103 cm high, 2011 – USD 700 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Reinier Asmoredjo, 'Fat muje’, acrylic on canvas, 75 cm wide x 110 cm high, 2007 - USD 750 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Reinier Asmoredjo, ‘Fat muje’, acrylic on canvas, 75 cm wide x 110 cm high, 2007 – USD 750 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

A previous edition of An Eye for Art was published about ‘Skinny’.

Reinier Asmoredjo, 'Skinny’, acrylic on canvas, 30 cm wide x 38 cm high, 2013 - USD 300 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Reinier Asmoredjo, ‘Skinny’, acrylic on canvas, 30 cm wide x 38 cm high, 2013 – USD 300 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Reinier Asmoredjo, painted bottle, acrylic on glass, 2006 – USD 100 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Reinier Asmoredjo, painted bottle, acrylic on glass, 2006 – USD 100 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

LOGO eye for art

This edition of An Eye for Art has been sent as a RAG-mailing on August 26, 2015 and was published in Kunst en Cultuur in de Ware Tijd on August 26, 2015.

Because really looking at art and understanding art are not always obvious and easy to do, we hope that these regular reviews will at least offer you some insight into the process.  You will get to see how a connoisseur looks at art, discusses it, and then links the work to others within the international art world.

Of course you can only truly judge a work of art when you are actually standing in front of it yourself. We therefore hope to see you soon in Readytex Art Gallery  and are eager to hear what you think of this artwork, and which other works of art you find yourself drawn to. Please note that the artworks discussed are still available for purchase at the time that the review is published.

Rob Perrée is art historian and works as freelance writer, art critic and curator, specialized in contemporary (Afro-) American art, African art, Surinamese art and art using new media. His work has appeared in countless catalogues, books, magazines and newspapers. He is editor of Sranan Art Xposed, editor in chief of Africanah.org and a member of the editing team of Pf Photo Magazine. His website: http://robperree.com.

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Tembe Tori, August 2015, number 11 has arrived

August 14, 2015 at 4:54 pm (Headlines, Interesting reads) (, , , , )

During the opening of Moengo Festival of Visual Arts 2015 Tembe fu libi Tembe Tori number 11 was launched!

You can download your free copy here: Tembe Tori, August 2015, number 11

Tembe Tori, August 2015, number 11, page 1

Tembe Tori, August 2015, number 11, page 1

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Tembe Tori, August 2015, number 11, page 2

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In April 2012 the first edition of Tembe Tori was published. One page, printed with black ink on both sides, with news about former mining town Moengo. During a few months Tembe Tori was distributed regularly in the Moengo community and in Paramaribo. A good way to reach the people in Moengo, a small town in the Marowijne district in Suriname, where artist Marcel Pinas has established the Kibii Foundation, the Tembe Art Studio, the Contemporary Art Museum Moengo and the Marowijne Art Park. Although Tembe Tori served its purpose well, the 9th edition just never came … Until June 2015.

Tembe Tori, number 9 is now a fact. And starting with this edition, the newsletter has four pages and is printed in full color. In addition, Tembe Tori is currently also available digitally so people anywhere in the world can read up on what’s happening in Moengo. Available in Dutch only, Tembe Tori will be published monthly until at least September when the Moengo Festival will be held for the 3d time.

Distribution points:

Tori Oso (Facebook), Frederik Derbystraat 76, Paramaribo // Zus & Zo (Facebook), Grote Combéweg 13a, Paramaribo // Readytex Art Gallery (Facebook), Steenbakkerijstraat 30, Paramaribo // Moengo Festival-kantoor (PAS-gebouw) (Facebook), Verlengde Keizerstraat 92, Paramaribo // Tembe Art Studio, Moengo
Back issues:

Tembe Tori, November 9, 2012, number 6

Tembe Tori, June 2015, number 9

Tembe Tori, July 2015, number 10

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Moengo Festival of Visual Arts 2015 Tembe fu libi

August 13, 2015 at 6:39 pm (Coming up) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Photo collage Moengo Festival of Visual Arts 2015 Tembe fu libi, by Ravi Rajcoomar

Photo collage Moengo Festival of Visual Arts 2015 Tembe fu libi, by Ravi Rajcoomar

Program Moengo Festival of Visual Arts 2015 Tembe fu libi (on Facebook)

Friday, August 14, 10:00 hrs Opening

Saturday, August 15, 10:00-13:00 hrs Seminar
Marcel Pinas – Introduction
Rob Perrée – The power of an artist-in-residence-programme in an environment like Moengo
– Tresna Pinas – About working in a collective (Moengo)
– Alex van Stipriaan – Marroon people and the art of survival

Saturday, August 15, 16:00-18:00 hrs Artist presentations
– Visthois Mwilambwe Bondo
– Artist (U.S.A.)

Sunday, August 16, 10:00-13:00 hrs Seminar
Remy Jungerman (on Facebook) – Own position in the art world
– Mama Bobi (on Facebook) – Applied art in French Guiana
– Sharda Ganga – Art and politics

Sunday, August 16, 16:00-18:00 hrs Artist presentations
– Lode
Ken Doorson

Monday, August 17, 10:00-13:00 hrs Seminar
– Tolin Alexander – The role of art and art education in the forming of identity
– Alida Neslo – Art and the community
– Thomas Polimé – Communication by textile in the Marroon community

Monday, August 17, 16:00-18:00 hrs Artist presentations
Razia Barsatie
Miguel EdKe Keerveld

The seminar will be held at the AMC Congress Centre in Moengo and is open to everyone.

Opening hours exhibition Tembe fu libi August 14-September 20, 10:00-18:00 hrs .

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Foundation Kibii warmly invites you to Tembe fu libi (Art for Life), the Visual Arts Festival in Moengo, Suriname. (On Facebook.) Tembe fu libi is the third festival in a series that annually emphasize on a specific discipline. This year, Foundation Kibii will focus on the visual arts and continues with the realization of her philosophy and goals. The festival is aimed at contributing to the development of the local youth and community, economic and touristic growth, and multicultural and interdisciplinary cross-­fertilization.

With 40 artists from home and abroad, including Suriname, Barbados, Belgium, the Netherlands, the United States and Congo, and 750 students who have worked in recent weeks on several works of art, MFVA 2015 is the largest art project carried out in Marowijne.

On Friday the 14th of August, the festival will be festively opened with the presentation of a 600 metres long collaborative street painting made by the children of Moengo and the art collective Switi Rauw, that connects the different exhibition spaces: the Tembe Art Studio, a part of the former Suralco hospital, the Contemporary Art Museum of Moengo (CAMM), the Art Park and the Fred Murray School and St. Theresia School. Work of local, national and international artists will be on display. Pangi embroideries will interact with video work and traditional woodcarving with contemporary art installations. The aim of the exhibition is to create space for dialogue between the various artworks made by artists of different cultural, educational and artistic backgrounds.

However, the Moengo Festival of Visual Arts (on Facebook) is more than just a festival. Workshops have become an integral part of the festival and in the sustainable development of Moengo. This year, twelve Surinamese artists have been connected to the children of twelve primary schools to create an artwork that will be presented in the exhibition. When traveling east, the artists were encouraged to share artistic knowledge and skills with local artisans. In addition, there is a comprehensive program of artist talks, screenings, drawing competitions, seminars and performances. The final weekend, from the 18th until the 20th of September will celebrate a three-day closing ceremony that will include musical performances and a pooloboto show.

Tembe fu libi is curated by Rob Perrée and Remy Jungerman.

Amongst the exhibited artists André Sontosoemarto, Augusta Pinas, Awini Dimpay, Burospelen (Bart Stuart en Klaar van der Lippe), Charl Landvreugd, Dakaya Lenz, Danasion Akobe, David Linga, Evert Hunswijk, Florens Voorburg, Hercules Pinas, Hesdy Metowirijo, Iris Kensmil, Jakup Ferri, Jasmin Werner, Ken Doorson, Kenneth Flijders, Kevin Headley (Switi Rauw (on Facebook)), Klaas Burger, Koen Van Mechelen, Kurt Nahar, Lolita Bron, Lode Demey, Mama Bobi (on Facebook), Mario Lewanie, Mavis Pinas, Miguel EdKe Keerveld, Purcy Tjin, Ras2, Ravi Rajcoomar, Razia Barsatie, Remond Mangoensemito, Remy Jungerman (on Facebook), René Tosari, Robbert Enfield, Roddney Tjon Poen Gie, Ruben La Cruz & Karolien Helweg, Rudi Pinas aka Pontel, Shaundell Horton, Sheena Rose, Steve Banks, Steven Jouwersma, Sunil Puljun, Terry Rathje, Tirzo Martha, Tresna Pinas, Van Brummelen & de Haan, Visthois Mwilambwe Bondo, Wouter Klein Velderman and Yubi Kirindongo.

For more information please contact Foundation Kibii on ++ 597 520 311 or by e-mailing moengofestival@kibiifoundation.org.

Banner Moengo Festival by Ravi Rajcoomar

Banner Moengo Festival by Ravi Rajcoomar

Interested in everything that happens in Moengo? Read Tembe Tori.

Download your free back issues here:

Tembe Tori 9

Tembe Tori 10

More about many of the participating artists can be found on Africanah.org and the SAX Sranan Art Xposed platform.

WEBLOG https://srananart.wordpress.com/

FACEBOOK www.facebook.com/pages/SAXSranan-Art-Xposed/121474048032615

FOTO’S www.flickr.com/photos/srananart/

VIDEO’S http://vimeo.com/user6622619

INSTAGRAM http://instagram.com/srananart

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REACTIES srananart@gmail.com

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An Eye for Art Kenneth Flijders – ‘Just a melon’

August 13, 2015 at 12:05 pm (An Eye for Art) (, , , , , )

In collaboration with art critic Rob PerréeReadytex Art Gallery has developed an informative initiative: An Eye for Art. Once every two weeks Rob Perrée discusses a work of art from the collection of Readytex Art Gallery. This week he talks about the work ‘Just a melon’, mixed media/wood, 104 cm wide x 50 cm high x 10 cm deep, 2011, from Kenneth Flijders.

Kenneth Flijders, ‘Just a melon’, mixed media/wood, 104 cm wide x 50 cm high x 10 cm deep, 2011 - USD 750 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Kenneth Flijders, ‘Just a melon’, mixed media/wood, 104 cm wide x 50 cm high x 10 cm deep, 2011 – USD 750 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

I really only know Kenneth Flijders (Paramaribo, 1956) as a painter. Paintings in which nature or people, either surrounded by nature or not, take center stage. Expressionistically painted, predominantly realistic, but seeking, especially with regards to color, the boundaries of reality. Because of this they lean more towards interpretations rather than true representations.

This work seems to be the total opposite of that. You have to look closely to see whether the melon segments are real or not. I was immediately reminded of the Pop Art-works by Andy Warhol – his famous Campbell-soup cans and Brillo-boxes – or van Claes Oldenburg – his no less famous plastic sandwich and ditto hamburger. Those artists wanted to portray everyday, popular ‘objects’ or utensils in order to question the distance between ‘high art’ and ‘low art’. They wanted to show the extraordinary in the ordinary.

Because this work seems to be an exception in the oeuvre of Flijders, it is difficult to determine what motivated him to make such a work. The title, ‘Just a melon’, does indicate that he wanted to ‘play around’ with the ordinariness of things. It is a fact that he often tries out different things. I remember an abstract work that comes across as a cutout of a painting by an American abstract expressionist. In a previous edition of this series I discussed a red-brown work that was intended to be a composition, rather than a portrayal of a scene based on reality. It is not for nothing that those two works were called ‘Untitled’. Perhaps this work is yet another result of his urge to experiment.

It is typical that he chooses a red melon for his experiment. With it he distinguishes himself from city people like Warhol and Oldenburg. And with it, he symbolizes his own ‘tropical’ origins.

Incidentally, it is quite clever to make a piece of wood look edible …

TEXT Rob Perrée, July 2015

TRANSLATION Cassandra Gummels-Relyveld, 2015

Want to see this and other work of Kenneth Flijders ‘up close and personal’? That’s possible at Readytex Art Gallery, Steenbakkerijstraat 30, Paramaribo. www.readytexartgallery.comFor more information about Kenneth Flijders please visit the website http://readytexartgallery.com/kennethflijders.

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More work by Kenneth Flijders available in Readytex Art Gallery:

Kenneth Flijders, 'Untitled 2'. acrylics on paper, 35x50cm, 2012 - USD 275 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Kenneth Flijders, ‘Untitled 2’. acrylics on paper, 35x50cm, 2012 – USD 275 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Kenneth Flijders, 'Terug naar Buku' [BAck to Buku. acrylics on canvas, 145x104cm, 2009 - USD 950 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Kenneth Flijders, ‘Terug naar Buku’ [BAck to Buku. acrylics on canvas, 145x104cm, 2009 – USD 950 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Kenneth Flijders, 'Koop en verkoop' [Purchase and Sale]. acrylics on canvas, 80.6x146.4cm, 2009 - USD 1000 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Kenneth Flijders, ‘Koop en verkoop’ [Purchase and Sale]. acrylics on canvas, 80.6×146.4cm, 2009 – USD 1000 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Kenneth Flijders, 'Don't Cry'. acrylics on wood, 44.5x144cm, 2009 - USD 900 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Kenneth Flijders, ‘Don’t Cry’. acrylics on wood, 44.5x144cm, 2009 – USD 900 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Kenneth Flijders, 'Rijwiel' [Bicycle]. mixed media on paper, 35x28cm, 2009 - USD 200 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Kenneth Flijders, ‘Rijwiel’ [Bicycle]. mixed media on paper, 35x28cm, 2009 – USD 200 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Kenneth Flijders, 'Mamio I', acryl on canvas, 143 cm wide x 140 cm high, 2013 - USD 1200 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Kenneth Flijders, ‘Mamio I’, acryl on canvas, 143 cm wide x 140 cm high, 2013 – USD 1200 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

From a series of three: Kenneth Flijders, 'Every day a drop creates us 3', mixed media on paper, 100 cm wide x 80 cm high, 2013 - USD 350 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

From a series of three: Kenneth Flijders, ‘Every day a drop creates us 3’, mixed media on paper, 100 cm wide x 80 cm high, 2013 – USD 350 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Kenneth Flijders, 'Untitled V', screenprint, 63 cm wide x 46 cm high, 2010 - USD 225 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Kenneth Flijders, ‘Untitled V’, screenprint, 63 cm wide x 46 cm high, 2010 – USD 225 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Kenneth Flijders, 'I shall call you Adam', mixed media on hardboard, 55 cm wide x 125 cm high x 2.5 cm deep, 2011 - USD 750 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Kenneth Flijders, ‘I shall call you Adam’, mixed media on hardboard, 55 cm wide x 125 cm high x 2.5 cm deep, 2011 – USD 750 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Kenneth Flijders, 'Untitled 5', mixed media on paper, 27.5 cm wide x 34.5 cm high, 2012 - USD 200 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Kenneth Flijders, ‘Untitled 5’, mixed media on paper, 27.5 cm wide x 34.5 cm high, 2012 – USD 200 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

A previous edition of An Eye for Art discussed this work by Kenneth Flijders:

Kenneth Flijders, 'Untitled 2', mixed media on paper, 50 cm wide x 42 cm high, 2013 - USD 300 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Kenneth Flijders, ‘Untitled 2’, mixed media on paper, 50 cm wide x 42 cm high, 2013 – USD 300 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

A previous edition of An Eye for Art discussed this work by Kenneth Flijders:

Kenneth Flijders, 'Untitled I', mixed media on paper, 57 cm wide x 38 cm high, 2013 - USD 300 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Kenneth Flijders, ‘Untitled I’, mixed media on paper, 57 cm wide x 38 cm high, 2013 – USD 300 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Kenneth Flijders 'brokopondo' work was chosen as a design for one of the art wraps, a unique product from the Readytex Art Gallery, 180x100cm, 100% cotton / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Kenneth Flijders ‘brokopondo’ work was chosen as a design for one of the art wraps, a unique product from the Readytex Art Gallery, 180x100cm, 100% cotton / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

LOGO eye for art

This edition of An Eye for Art has been sent as a RAG-mailing on August 13, 2015 and was published in Kunst en Cultuur in de Ware Tijd on August 13, 2015.

Because really looking at art and understanding art are not always obvious and easy to do, we hope that these regular reviews will at least offer you some insight into the process.  You will get to see how a connoisseur looks at art, discusses it, and then links the work to others within the international art world.

Of course you can only truly judge a work of art when you are actually standing in front of it yourself. We therefore hope to see you soon in Readytex Art Gallery  and are eager to hear what you think of this artwork, and which other works of art you find yourself drawn to. Please note that the artworks discussed are still available for purchase at the time that the review is published.

Rob Perrée is art historian and works as freelance writer, art critic and curator, specialized in contemporary (Afro-) American art, African art, Surinamese art and art using new media. His work has appeared in countless catalogues, books, magazines and newspapers. He is editor of Sranan Art Xposed, editor in chief of Africanah.org and a member of the editing team of Pf Photo Magazine. His website: http://robperree.com.

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An Eye for Art: Dhiradj Ramsamoedj – ‘De familiegeesten’ [The family spirits]

July 30, 2015 at 11:40 am (An Eye for Art) (, , , , , , )

In collaboration with art critic Rob PerréeReadytex Art Gallery has developed an informative initiative: An Eye for Art. Once every two weeks Rob Perrée discusses a work of art from the collection of Readytex Art Gallery. This week he talks about ‘De familiegeesten’ [The family spirits], oil on canvas, 250 cm wide x 150 cm high, 2010, from Dhiradj Ramsamoedj.

Dhiradj Ramsamoedj, ‘De familiegeesten’ [The family spirits], oil on canvas, 250 cm wide x 150 cm high, 2010, USD 1200 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Dhiradj Ramsamoedj, ‘De familiegeesten’ [The family spirits], oil on canvas, 250 cm wide x 150 cm high, 2010, USD 1200 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

The painting ‘De familiegeesten’ [The family spirits] by Dhiradj Ramsamoedj (Paramaribo, 1986) is a work that is just as strange as it is intriguing. At first glance it is a portrayal of a relaxed family gathering. Outside, under a large shed, in cheerful colors. The surroundings are depicted rather realistically even though the light is peculiar, but the people look like they are from another planet. They are science fiction figures, actors from a second-rate Hollywood film. In the center, a creature that hardly even refers to a human anymore.

That creature is the ‘Flexible Man’, the alter ego of the artist. Used by him in several variations amongst which a sculpture, and even more typically, as a ‘suit’ during performances. Here ‘flexible’ does not only refer the flexible nature of the material from which the man is made, but especially to his supposed character.

Ramsamoedj has made a significant amount of works that fall under the all-encompassing title Ordinary People Reloaded. Whether they have been ‘reloaded’ by him, or whether the surroundings have brought about a change, is hard to say. Both are possible. I know that the artists’ opinion of mankind is not solely positive. He believes that many people are losing their true selves and are increasingly being influenced by the self-centered, materialistic world in which they live. He manifests that opinion by giving them oddly shaped heads, which are, for lack facial features, hardly distinguishable. He changes humans into spirits, abstract shadows of reality.

It is notable that he positions the ‘Flexible Man’ centrally. That may be because he wants to clearly distinguish himself from his surroundings, as if he doesn’t want anything to do with his surroundings. On the other hand, the ‘cloth man’ can also be looked at as a symbol of conformity, or more flatly said, as a symbol of someone who just swims with the tide. Is this a case of healthy irony or of blunt self-criticism? If the latter applies, then the flexible man would be the ultimate embodiment of that which the artist generally holds against people.

As I said earlier: a work that is just as strange as it is intriguing.

Dhiradj Ramsamoedj, 'Flexible Man' / PHOTO Roy Tjin

Dhiradj Ramsamoedj, ‘Flexible Man’ / PHOTO Roy Tjin

TEXT Rob Perrée, July 2015

TRANSLATION Cassandra Gummels-Relyveld, 2015

Want to see this and other work of Dhiradj Ramsamoedj ‘up close and personal’? That’s possible at Readytex Art Gallery, Steenbakkerijstraat 30, Paramaribo. www.readytexartgallery.comFor more information about Dhiradj Ramsamoedj please visit the website http://readytexartgallery.com/dhiradjramsamoedj.

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More work by Dhiradj Ramsamoedj available in Readytex Art Gallery:

Dhiradj Ramsamoedj, 'You and me', oil on canvas, 150x110cm, 2010 - USD 800 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Dhiradj Ramsamoedj, ‘You and me’, oil on canvas, 150x110cm, 2010 – USD 800 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Dhiradj Ramsamoedj, untitled, wood object, 60x105x31cm, 2013 - USD 400 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Dhiradj Ramsamoedj, untitled, wood object, 60x105x31cm, 2013 – USD 400 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Dhiradj Ramsamoedj, 'A Subtraction of a Memory 12', acryl on canvas, 36x54cm, 2009 - USD 100 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Dhiradj Ramsamoedj, ‘A Subtraction of a Memory 12’, acryl on canvas, 36x54cm, 2009 – USD 100 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Dhiradj Ramsamoedj, 'De Beschermer' [The Protector], acryl on canvas, 114x100cm, 2014 - USD 700 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Dhiradj Ramsamoedj, ‘De Beschermer’ [The Protector], acryl on canvas, 114x100cm, 2014 – USD 700 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Dhiradj Ramsamoedj, '', oil on canvas, 40x65cm, 2008 - USD 165 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Dhiradj Ramsamoedj, ”, oil on canvas, 40x65cm, 2008 – USD 165 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Dhiradj Ramsamoedj, 'A Story of My Own VI', acryl on canvas, 119x129cm, 2010 - USD 800 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Dhiradj Ramsamoedj, ‘A Story of My Own VI’, acryl on canvas, 119x129cm, 2010 – USD 800 / PHOTO Readytex Art 

Dhiradj Ramsamoedj, 'I Sculpture Paramaribo III', acryl on canvas, 114x80cm, 2014 - USD 600 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Dhiradj Ramsamoedj, ‘I Sculpture Paramaribo III’, acryl on canvas, 114x80cm, 2014 – USD 600 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Dhiradj Ramsamoedj, 'I Sculpture Paramaribo VI', acryl on canvas, 114x80cm, 2014 - USD 600 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Dhiradj Ramsamoedj, ‘I Sculpture Paramaribo VI’, acryl on canvas, 114x80cm, 2014 – USD 600 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Dhiradj Ramsamoedj, 'I Sculpture Paramaribo II', acryl on canvas, 114x80cm, 2014 - USD 600 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Dhiradj Ramsamoedj, ‘I Sculpture Paramaribo II’, acryl on canvas, 114x80cm, 2014 – USD 600 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

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This edition of An Eye for Art has been sent as a RAG-mailing on July 29, 2015 and was published in Kunst en Cultuur in de Ware Tijd on July 29, 2015.

Because really looking at art and understanding art are not always obvious and easy to do, we hope that these regular reviews will at least offer you some insight into the process.  You will get to see how a connoisseur looks at art, discusses it, and then links the work to others within the international art world.

Of course you can only truly judge a work of art when you are actually standing in front of it yourself. We therefore hope to see you soon in Readytex Art Gallery  and are eager to hear what you think of this artwork, and which other works of art you find yourself drawn to. Please note that the artworks discussed are still available for purchase at the time that the review is published.

Rob Perrée is art historian and works as freelance writer, art critic and curator, specialized in contemporary (Afro-) American art, African art, Surinamese art and art using new media. His work has appeared in countless catalogues, books, magazines and newspapers. He is editor of Sranan Art Xposed, editor in chief of Africanah.org and a member of the editing team of Pf Photo Magazine. His website: http://robperree.com.

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An Eye for Art: Marcel Pinas, ‘Awewe faaka tiki 2’

July 15, 2015 at 2:19 pm (An Eye for Art) (, , , , , , , , , )

In collaboration with art critic Rob PerréeReadytex Art Gallery has developed an informative initiative: An Eye for Art. Once every two weeks Rob Perrée discusses a work of art from the collection of Readytex Art Gallery. This week he talks about ‘Awewe faaka tiki 2’, mixed media on canvas, 66 cm wide x 83 cm high, 2013, by Marcel Pinas.

Marcel Pinas, ‘Awewe faaka tiki 2’, mixed media on canvas, 66 cm wide x 83 cm high, 2013 - USD 1500 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Marcel Pinas, ‘Awewe faaka tiki 2’, mixed media on canvas, 66 cm wide x 83 cm high, 2013 – USD 1500 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Several years ago Marcel Pinas (Pelgrimkondre, Marowijne, 1971) rediscovered drawing. Not the realistic type of drawing he once started his career with, but animated black shapes on a white surface. Those shapes are derived from Afaka-characters, the syllable script that was developed early on in the 20th century in his birth district by Afaka Atumisi. From a distance they resemble swarms without a clear identity. Occasionally he adds a smudge of color or a smudge of black.

In this work he combines this new development with the work that he made earlier. Here the black signs become part of a larger whole. They look like they have been strewn randomly on top. The center of the work shows the shape of a cross, made from pieces of pangi cloth. The cloth refers to the traditional Maroon culture, the cross does not have a religious background, but it refers to his youth, during which playing and various games were part of daily entertainment. The color smudges that have been added to the work supplement that interpretation. They come across as the visual language of a child. Similar to the visual language that also inspired CoBrA-artists such as Appel and Corneille.

Pinas often fills his canvas or sheet of paper completely. He creates the necessary depth by layering color and image planes over one another. In comparison, this work is rather bare and austere. The effect of the bareness is that the attention of the viewer becomes focused on the center, on the part that it’s ultimately about: the portrayal of a joyful childhood in an originally safe environment that would later, because of the war in the interior, become compromised.

Marcel Pinas strives for the preservation of the Maroon culture. In his Moengo-project he does this by organizing various practical activities that could contribute to this, and that could stimulate the people’s confidence in their own capabilities. In his free work he succeeds in using an imagery that indirectly intends to do the same, but that manages to also, for those not involved, deliver results that intrigue, trigger emotions and discussions, but at the same time can and may be an esthetical experience as well.

TEXT Rob Perrée, Amsterdam, July 2015

TRANSLATION Cassandra Gummels-Relyveld, 2015

An article by Chris Morvan about Marcel Pinas was (December 5, 2014) published on the website of Africanah.org.

Want to see this and other work of Marcel Pinas ‘up close and personal’? That’s possible at Readytex Art Gallery, Steenbakkerijstraat 30, Paramaribo. www.readytexartgallery.comFor more information about Marcel Pinas please visit the website http://readytexartgallery.com/marcelpinas.

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More work by Marcel Pinas available in Readytex Art Gallery:

Marcel Pinas, ‘Pikien Schop Steentje II’, mixed media on canvas, 145 cm wide x 86 cm high, 2011 - USD 2500 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Marcel Pinas, ‘Pikien Schop Steentje II’, mixed media on canvas, 145 cm wide x 86 cm high, 2011 – USD 2500 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Marcel Pinas, ‘Kibii wi koni’, screenprint 2/15, 100 cm wide x 70 cm high, 2009 - USD 1500 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Marcel Pinas, ‘Kibii wi koniI’, screenprint 3/15, 100 cm wide x 70 cm high, 2009 – USD 1500 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Marcel Pinas, ‘Afaka Libi I’, mixed media on canvas, 145 cm wide x 86 cm high, 2011 - USD 2500 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Marcel Pinas, ‘Afaka Libi I’, mixed media on canvas, 145 cm wide x 86 cm high, 2011 – USD 2500 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Marcel Pinas, ‘Afaka sikifi I’, mixed media on canvas, 157 cm wide x 229 cm high, 2009 - USD 5500 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Marcel Pinas, ‘Afaka sikifi I’, mixed media on canvas, 157 cm wide x 229 cm high, 2009 – USD 5500 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Marcel Pinas, ‘Afaka buku pikien 2′, pen drawing on paper, 16 cm wide x 22 cm high, 2013 – USD 250 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Marcel Pinas, ‘Afaka buku pikien 2′, pen drawing on paper, 16 cm wide x 22 cm high, 2013 – USD 250 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Also in the Readytex Art Gallery shop:

Brochure Kibii Wi Koni Marcel Pinas The Event – SRD 10

Book Marcel Pinas. Artist, more than an artist – € 30Brochure Kibii Wi Koni Marcel Pinas The Event – SRD 10

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This edition of An Eye for Art has been sent as a RAG-mailing on July 15, 2015 and was published in Kunst en Cultuur in de Ware Tijd on July 15, 2015.

Because really looking at art and understanding art are not always obvious and easy to do, we hope that these regular reviews will at least offer you some insight into the process.  You will get to see how a connoisseur looks at art, discusses it, and then links the work to others within the international art world.

Of course you can only truly judge a work of art when you are actually standing in front of it yourself. We therefore hope to see you soon in Readytex Art Gallery  and are eager to hear what you think of this artwork, and which other works of art you find yourself drawn to. Please note that the artworks discussed are still available for purchase at the time that the review is published.

Rob Perrée is art historian and works as freelance writer, art critic and curator, specialized in contemporary (Afro-) American art, African art, Surinamese art and art using new media. His work has appeared in countless catalogues, books, magazines and newspapers. He is editor of Sranan Art Xposed, editor in chief of Africanah.org and a member of the editing team of Pf Photo Magazine. His website: http://robperree.com.

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An Eye for Art: Kurt Nahar, ‘Untitled 6’

July 5, 2015 at 2:30 pm (An Eye for Art) (, , , , , , , )

In collaboration with art critic Rob PerréeReadytex Art Gallery has developed an informative initiative: An Eye for Art. Once every two weeks Rob Perrée discusses a work of art from the collection of Readytex Art Gallery. This week he talks about ‘Untitled 6’, mixed media collage on paper, 13 cm wide x 23 cm high, 2011, by Kurt Nahar.

Kurt Nahar, 'Untitled 6', mixed media collage on paper, 13,5 w x 23 h cm, 2011 - USD 95 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Kurt Nahar, ‘Untitled 6’, mixed media collage on paper, 13,5 w x 23 h cm, 2011 – USD 95 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Collage may seem like an easy medium. A stack of old magazines, a pair of scissors – and even those are not really necessary –, some regular craft glue and you are good to go. Others provide the images and the only thing left to do for you as an artist, is to create a composition with them. You are not even at risk of getting your hands dirty.

This untitled work from 2011 by Kurt Nahar proves however, that a good collage requires more than that.

The whole already delivers a strong image. It immediately attracts attention. The torn edges add a vulnerable note, while the man – is it a man? – rather seems to exude strength; a tension field that intrigues.

Different parts of the work contain similar contradictions. The transparent area to the left must be by Michelangelo, a type of house artist from the Catholic Church. The festive bottom part refers to the Swiss Guard of that same church. The chubby baby has been torn from the arms of the classical mother-with-child. What does the armor have to do with it? That radiates aggression. In reality the Swiss Guard wears a type of operetta helmet. One that is more likely to make you laugh, with its red crest.

Is ‘protection’ that which the various elements have in common?

From other work by Kurt Nahar it is evident that he has a strong aversion to violence, especially to senseless violence. He wants us to take note of figures who use their positions of power to legitimize violence.

Is this work then a portrayal of ‘how to protect oneself’ or is it the other way around, ‘what does protection embody?’ A sensitive shoulder, an open visor, a child that has been torn from his mother, and an army that closely resembles a tourist attraction.

I tend towards the latter, but the artist does not provide an answer. He only makes the viewer aware of the subject matter. The impact of the image alone causes you to think about it.

While many of Nahar’s collages are outright about politics, in this work more attention is given to the form and the message is merely implicit.

TEXT Rob Perrée, Amsterdam, June 2015

TRANSLATION Cassandra Gummels-Relyveld, 2015

An article by Marieke Visser about Kurt Nahar was recently (April 7, 2015) published on the website of Africanah.org.

Want to see this and other work of Kurt Nahar ‘up close and personal’? That’s possible at Readytex Art Gallery, Steenbakkerijstraat 30, Paramaribo. www.readytexartgallery.comFor more information about Kurt Nahar please visit the website http://readytexartgallery.com/kurtnahar.

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More work by Kurt Nahar available in Readytex Art Gallery:

This work featured in a previous edition of ‘An Eye for Art’:

Kurt Nahar, 'Untitled', mixed media collage on paper, 20x29cm, 2011  - USD 125 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Kurt Nahar, ‘Untitled’, mixed media collage on paper, 20x29cm, 2011 – USD 125 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Kurt Nahar, 'Untitled 36', mixed media collage on paper, 27x18cm, 2011  - USD 125 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Kurt Nahar, ‘Untitled 36’, mixed media collage on paper, 27x18cm, 2011 – USD 125 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Kurt Nahar, 'This is not a pig', mixed media on paper, 47x49cm, 2012  - USD 500 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Kurt Nahar, ‘This is not a pig’, mixed media on paper, 47x49cm, 2012 – USD 500 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Kurt Nahar, 'Revo no, Pussy Si 14', mixed media collage on paper, 19x26cm, 2011  - USD 150 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Kurt Nahar, ‘Revo no, Pussy Si 14’, mixed media collage on paper, 19x26cm, 2011 – USD 150 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Kurt Nahar, 'Revo no, Pussy Si 5', mixed media collage on paper, 19x26cm, 2011  - USD 150 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Kurt Nahar, ‘Revo no, Pussy Si 5’, mixed media collage on paper, 19x26cm, 2011 – USD 150 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Kurt Nahar, 'Peaceful Visions I', mixed media  on hardboard, 60x90cm, 2008  - USD 600 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Kurt Nahar, ‘Peaceful Visions I’, mixed media on hardboard, 60x90cm, 2008 – USD 600 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Kurt Nahar, 'On the wall', mixed media collage on canvas, 67x81cm, 2011  - USD 575 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Kurt Nahar, ‘On the wall’, mixed media collage on canvas, 67x81cm, 2011 – USD 575 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Kurt Nahar, 'Kwakoe dada', mixed media on paper, 28x37.5cm, 2010  - USD 130 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Kurt Nahar, ‘Kwakoe dada’, mixed media on paper, 28×37.5cm, 2010 – USD 130 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Kurt Nahar, 'Het leven voor niets in een zothuis 8', mixed media collage on paper, 21x29cm, 2011  - USD 175 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Kurt Nahar, ‘Het leven voor niets in een zothuis 8’, mixed media collage on paper, 21x29cm, 2011 – USD 175 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Kurt Nahar, 'El mundo de los muertos', mixed media collage on paper, 19x28cm, 2009  - USD 150 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Kurt Nahar, ‘El mundo de los muertos’, mixed media collage on paper, 19x28cm, 2009 – USD 150 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Kurt Nahar, 'Dada en de appel I', mixed media  on wood, 30x125x3cm, 2008  - USD 250 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Kurt Nahar, ‘Dada en de appel I’, mixed media on wood, 30x125x3cm, 2008 – USD 250 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Kurt Nahar, 'Appeltje voor de dorst', applied art product, mixed media on canvas, 37x37x8cm, 2011  - USD 100 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Kurt Nahar, ‘Appeltje voor de dorst’, applied art product, mixed media on canvas, 37x37x8cm, 2011 – USD 100 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

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This edition of An Eye for Art has been sent as a RAG-mailing on July 11, 2015 and was published in Kunst en Cultuur in de Ware Tijd on July 2, 2015.

Because really looking at art and understanding art are not always obvious and easy to do, we hope that these regular reviews will at least offer you some insight into the process.  You will get to see how a connoisseur looks at art, discusses it, and then links the work to others within the international art world.

Of course you can only truly judge a work of art when you are actually standing in front of it yourself. We therefore hope to see you soon in Readytex Art Gallery  and are eager to hear what you think of this artwork, and which other works of art you find yourself drawn to. Please note that the artworks discussed are still available for purchase at the time that the review is published.

Rob Perrée is art historian and works as freelance writer, art critic and curator, specialized in contemporary (Afro-) American art, African art, Surinamese art and art using new media. His work has appeared in countless catalogues, books, magazines and newspapers. He is editor of Sranan Art Xposed, editor in chief of Africanah.org and a member of the editing team of Pf Photo Magazine. His website: http://robperree.com.

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Surinamese art with magic powers

July 5, 2015 at 12:12 pm (A Close Look, Elsewhere, Meanwhile ...) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

The turning point was a visit to the family altar of his mother in the Surinamese rain-forest. That was in 2005, tells Surinamese-Dutch artist Remy Jungerman (on Facebook) in a video in his exhibition. The reason for the visit was the passing away of his father. But that altar, that physical location with its winti-rituals, right at that moment, meant so much to Jungerman, that he decided to break with his earlier work. ‘This is what I really am,’ he says in the video, ‘Something I have been initiated in’.

Remy Jungerman, 'FODU. Composition 24', (detail of a wall installation consisting of 24 panels for the Projects Room, 410x270x35cm, wood, textile, kaolin (pemba), 2015 / PHOTO Femke DIx, 2015

Remy Jungerman, ‘FODU. Composition 24’, (detail of a wall installation consisting of 24 panels for the Projects Room, 410x270x35cm, wood, textile, kaolin (pemba), 2015 / PHOTO Femke DIx, 2015

Video shown in the exhibition Crossing the water:

What that turning point led to, can be seen in his exhibition in the Haags Gemeentemuseum: six sculptural installations, of large geometric shapes. It is mostly squares that can easily go along with the art history further down in this museum – Mondriaan, Rietveld. But they also have patterns that Jungerman, who himself grew up in a Maroon community, borrowed from the rich visual traditions of the Maroons in the interior. In the 20’s of the previous century, these descendants from the run-away slaves, developed fabric with all kinds of geometric patterns. They are beautiful and Jungerman collected them in his studio. But he wanted more. He thus enrolled at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. He studied there with the objective to bring winti-traditions together with those other cultures that excelled in graphic abstractions in the 20’s: the European avant-gardes. Subsequently he named his exhibition Crossing the Water. About bridging oceans.

Mixing cultures is no mathematical formula and Jungerman knows that. His sculptures therefore represent primarily himself, his aesthetics, and his graphic predilections. According to his own insights he combines wood with checkered cloths, tablecloth plaids, Dutch Wax patterns, Maroon designs. A monochromatic blue panel à la Yves Klein hangs next to frames that are reminiscent of how Daan van Golden elevated ordinary handkerchiefs to art. A type of Mondriaan at the kitchen table.

But that perspective by no means makes it insignificant. Because what Jungerman especially does also, is approach his work with the ritualistic point of view from the winti-religion. The white that he paints with is kaolin, a type of clay used by winti to cover their skin and their African sculptures to guard against evil influences. Covered with this, his art works are protected. They are as a matter of fact, named after rituals: Fodu, Initiands, Obeah. He alternates the flat squares with cubes, one of which holds a jar that is wrapped in red thread, which clearly shows the meticulous way of working. An abstract work of art indeed, but also a small altar. And for a moment Jungerman takes us along, in our thoughts, to the altar of his mother.

He continuously brings elements together. On occasion, in an altar block with stoneware gin bottles next to rum bottles, it looks somewhat contrived – a bit too Benetton, colors hand in hand – but for the rest the combinations come together naturally in his unique sense of beauty, with reverence and spirituality. And the beauty is: spirituality is exactly that which Mondriaan and his associates strived for. Many visitors will forget that when seeing those solemnly hung abstract works of art in the strict museum halls, but therein lays a cosmic aim for higher things as well. With color and life Jungerman brings back that look of Mondriaan’s aesthetics. Bridging oceans, that mission has been completely successful.

Exhibition: Remy Jungerman (also on Facebook), Crossing the Water, April 11 until August 16, 2015, in Haags Gemeentemuseum. Stadhouderslaan 41, the Hague, the Netherlands. Tuesday-Sunday 11:00 am-7:00 pm.

More information about this artist can be found on his website: www.remyjungerman.com and on his Facebook-page.

Invitation 'Crossing the Water'

Invitation ‘Crossing the Water’

During the opening of 'Crossing the Water' Remy Jungerman had an art conversation with Mondriaan-expert Hans Janssen, Haags Gemeentemuseum, April 11, 2015 / PHOTO Femke Dix, 2015

During the opening of ‘Crossing the Water’ Remy Jungerman had an art conversation with Mondriaan-expert Hans Janssen, Haags Gemeentemuseum, April 11, 2015 / PHOTO Femke Dix, 2015

From May-July 2015 Remy Jungerman was invited by Marc Straus Gallery for a residency in New York City. On July 19, 2015, from 11:00am-18:00pm you’re cordially invited to the Open Studio (on Facebook) to see the result from the three months residency. Where: 286 Grand Street, New York, NY 10002, USA.

Open Studio Remy Jungerman / PHOTO Courtesy Remy Jungerman

Open Studio Remy Jungerman / PHOTO Courtesy Remy Jungerman

TEXT Sandra Smets

Sandra Smets (Haarlem, 1970) is an art historian, and writes mostly about contemporary art, including art in public spaces. She has worked at the Centrum Beeldende Kunst Rotterdam for over ten years and is, since 2006, a visual arts employee at the NRC Handelsblad. She also writes for various magazines, artist catalogues and publications, about the art of the reconstruction and developments in the twentieth century. Website: www.sandrasmets.nl

This article was previously published in Dutch as ‘Surinaamse kunst met toverkracht’ in NRC Handelsblad, April 23, 2015.

NRC Handelsblad, April 23, 2015

NRC Handelsblad, April 23, 2015

PHOTOGRAPHY Femke Dix

Femke Dix (Paramaribo, 1989) is a student at the University of Applied Photography in Amsterdam. She started making photographs in 2005 and after studying something else it became the job of her dreams after all. In a year’s time she will finish her study and she will enter the field as a freelance photographer. She established Femfoto (on Facebook) in 2010 and it exists for 5 years already. She is most interested in documentary photography and she is currently working on a photographical documentary about the burial customs of the Afro-Surinamese community. Website: www.femfoto.nl 

TRANSLATION Cassandra Gummels-Relyveld, June 2015

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‘Possible Paradise’, Photography by Diana Blok

June 26, 2015 at 8:14 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , )

The book 'Possible Paradise' with photos by Diana Blok & text by Annette de Vries / PHOTO COVER Diana Blok,2003

The book ‘Possible Paradise’ with photos by Diana Blok & text by Annette de Vries / PHOTO COVER Diana Blok,2003

Forgotten paradise

Sometimes the stacks fall over.

Then I really need to start doing something about my excessive book collection.

This time, a book fell out that I had forgotten about.

Possible Paradise from Diana Blok.

An artist from Uruguay who has lived in the Netherlands for a long time.

It is a photographic report of her visit to Suriname.

From over ten years ago already.

A wonderful collection of photos of primarily people, but also buildings and locations.

Beautiful people, picturesque buildings, special locations.

Those photos have already seen the light once in an exhibition.

In CBK Zuidoost.

A logical place.

In Suriname they have never been shown.

Even the book has never made the crossing before.

The photographs are probably in one of those cold grey metal storage cabinets now.

Forgotten, abandoned.

The books are collecting dust on the shelf of a publisher.

And in my overly high stack of books.

There should be something that can be done about that.

That book has not made its visible fall to the ground for nothing.

It must surely be a sign.

A sign that wants to be seen/heard.

From the 'Possible Paradise' series / PHOTO Diana Blok,2003

From the ‘Possible Paradise’ series / PHOTO Diana Blok,2003

From the 'Possible Paradise' series / PHOTO Diana Blok,2003

From the ‘Possible Paradise’ series / PHOTO Diana Blok,2003

From the 'Possible Paradise' series / PHOTO Diana Blok,2003

From the ‘Possible Paradise’ series / PHOTO Diana Blok,2003

From the 'Possible Paradise' series / PHOTO Diana Blok,2003

From the ‘Possible Paradise’ series / PHOTO Diana Blok,2003

From the 'Possible Paradise' series / PHOTO Diana Blok,2003

From the ‘Possible Paradise’ series / PHOTO Diana Blok,2003

From the 'Possible Paradise' series / PHOTO Diana Blok,2003

From the ‘Possible Paradise’ series / PHOTO Diana Blok,2003

TEXT Rob Perrée

Rob Perrée is art historian and works as freelance writer, art critic and curator, specialized in contemporary (Afro-) American art, African art, Surinamese art and art using new media. His work has appeared in countless catalogues, books, magazines and newspapers. He is editor of Sranan Art Xposed, editor in chief of Africanah.org and a member of the editing team of Pf Photo Magazine. His website: http://robperree.com.

PHOTOS Diana Blok

Previously published in digital art magazine SAX Sranan Art Xposed, January 2015, nr. 10

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